Volume XXIV No. 1 • Jan. 7, 2000


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Classes begin Thursday - Top

Classes begin Jan. 13 for the spring 2000 semester at Black Hills State University.

Anyone not already registered will be able to sign up for classes Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 8 a.m. until noon in the Student Union Market Place. Late registration will be Jan. 12-14 in the Student Market Place during posted hours. Students who have registered for classes will not need to re-register.

All students must check in according to the financial aid disbursement and fee payment schedule, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. in the multipurpose room. To keep payment lines as short as possible, students are asked to pay their tuition and fees during scheduled times. Disbursement will continue through Friday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. according to the schedule which can be obtained by calling the enrollment center at 642-6343. Students who are unable to meet their scheduled time may check in Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m., or Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dropping and adding of classes will begin Jan. 11 in the Student Union Market Place. Students must drop a non-block class by Jan. 27 to receive a refund. Block classes must be dropped within the first 13 percent (first or second day) of the class to receive a refund. Refunds will be mailed to the student's current address on Feb. 25.

Students may register for evening classes in the Student Union Market Place Jan. 11-14 anytime during Market Place hours. After Jan. 14, registration will move to Woodburn Hall Room 106 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The ACT test will be given Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. in Jonas 301. This is the final opportunity to complete the ACT prior to the spring semester.

Students may move into the residence halls Jan. 10 from noon until 10 p.m.

First-time borrowers and transfer students must attend a loan/debt information session before picking up a student loan check.

The sessions will be held in the first floor conference room of Woodburn Hall as follows: Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Jan. 13 at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Jan. 14 at 9 a.m.

For more information, call the enrollment center at 642-6343.

Collaboratory for Lifelong Learning to sponsor workshop - Top

BHSU faculty are invited to mark their new year's calendar for a day of fellowship and collaboration sponsored by the Collaboratory for Lifelong Learning faculty development program on Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Faculty who have received Bush Foundation minigrants and travel support during the past summer and this fall term will SHOWCASE their projects in J306! Paul Kopco and Roger Ochse will present The Digital Difference: Enhancing Shakespeare through Performance

Technology; Jim Hesson, Rob Schurrer, Betsy Silva, and Larry Tentinger will present Personality Types: Collaboration' s Friend or Foe; Sharon Strand, Dorothy Fuller, RenaFaye Norby and Kristi Pearce will present Internet Teaching by Style: Profiling the On-line Professor; and Lidan Lin will share her experiences at the International Ezra Pound Conference in Beijing, China. Lunch will be provided.

For additional information contact Kristi Pearce.

Chamber to host pre-Legislative crackerbarrel - Top

The Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce's government affairs committee will host a "Pre-Legislative" crackerbarrel Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Hudson Street Hall starting at 10 a.m.

District 31 legislators Sen. James Dunn, Rep. Mark Young and Rep. Jerry Apa, have been invited to participate in the "Pre-Crackerbarrel." Crackerbarrels are held to afford the public the opportunity to visit with local

legislators and become more informed on political issues facing the state. Following the opening remarks by featured legislatures, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on legislative issues.

The crackerbarrel is free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce at 642-2626.

Funds available through instructional improvement committee - Top

The instructional improvement committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.

Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty or other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact on instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and

learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU. Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three years.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be made as soon as practical on each proposal. Ten copies of the proposals should be submitted to the Grants and Special Projects Office, Woodburn 220, or to the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available at the grants and special projects web page.

Faculty-research committee has funds available - Top

The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the academic affairs office. Proposals are due Dec. 21.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites, research support for the production of creative work. Preference is given to new

applicants particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities.Two three-hour release times are available for fall 2000 and spring of 2001.

Funds for two three-hour release times are available for the spring and fall 2000 semesters. You can apply now. The research committee will not provide salary. The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research assistants. Mail ten copies of your proposal to unit 9550.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Dec. 23, 1999-Jan. 5, 2000, in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@mystic.bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
  • American Honda Foundation. The American Honda Foundation targets giving to youth education, with a focus on math, science, the environment and technology; and supports youth job training programs. Deadline: Feb 1, May 1, Aug 1 and Nov 1. Funds: Grants range from $10,000 to $75,000. http://www.honda.com/
  • Tomorrow's Teachers (ED). The Education Department is inviting grant proposals for efforts to help prospective teachers to use technology competently in class. Deadline: March 7. http://www.ed.gov/teachtech
  • Science Education Partnership Award (NCRR). The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources is inviting applications for development or dissemination of highly meritorious and innovative models for enhancing K-12 student and/or general public health science education. Deadline: March 16 for fiscal 2000 awards; thereafter, Oct 1 annually. The program will support grants to encourage scientists to work with educators, community leaders and others to improve student and public understanding of science and increase the interest of young people in health science careers. The focus of student activities is K-12. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/
  • Department of Education. Field-Initiated Studies Education Research grant program. Due Feb 16. CFDA 84.305T.
  • W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Grant-in-residence, Mini-grants & research grants.

Campus Calendar - Top

Friday, Jan. 7

  • Men's and women's basketball vs. Dordt College, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Young Center

Saturday, Jan. 8

  • Men's and women's basketball vs. University of Sioux Falls, 6 and 7:30 p.m., Young Center

Monday, Jan. 10

  • Day of fellowship and collaboration sponsored by the Collaboratory for Lifelong Learning faculty development program Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

  • Women's basketball vs. Montana State – Northern
  • Registration begins

Thursday, Jan. 13

  • Classes begin